Katie East

Research associate


Katie East is a Research Associate at King’s College London (KCL) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Her work focuses on understanding nicotine and tobacco product use and perceptions and how these can be changed through policy, with a focus on youth and young adults. Katie specialises in analysing population-level data in England, Canada, and internationally. Her previous research has included understanding social norms towards smoking and vaping and their associations with regulatory environments and behaviours, and understanding the impact of specific policies (e.g., legal age of e-cigarette sale laws, flavour restrictions, warning labels, menthol cigarette bans) on vaping and smoking behaviours. She also researches public perceptions of ‘novel’ tobacco products, such as IQOS. Her work has been used as evidence in UK Parliament to inform e-cigarette regulations and she has written reports on the topic of vaping for the Department of Health and Social Care, the US FDA, and Health Canada. She is also the Operations Coordinator for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Policy Research Network, which aims to undertake and better inform projects that address policy research in the field of nicotine and tobacco. Katie has been an SSA student associate since 2016, and is very much looking forward to being more involved with the SSA through this Fellowship.